Highsec miner Bud Grills was struggling with EVE. He was in a 0.9 security system with a Retriever--and he was mining in silent desperation.
Agents of the New Order came to his rescue. See that fit? I told you this guy was struggling.
Agent Mal Warre introduced herself to the miner. Bud was still in a daze from the gank.
Mal linked the Code. Bud didn't need to read it to be triggered by it. Even the Code's URL is potent.
The miner was clearly outgunned, yet he remained defiant. Miners are often at their most belligerent when they don't have a ship.
Bud was completely out of touch with the reality of his situation. He seemed to think it was possible to cry his way out of his obligations to the Code.
One of Mal Warre's colleagues is Agent Sigrid Freud. Thanks to their friendship, Mal was very familiar with the concept of the Freudian slip. Bud had rocks on the brain.
Bud claimed to be back in action already, but Mal was skeptical--and she intended to find out the truth of the matter. The New Order has eyes and ears everywhere.
The miner was cracking up, and not in a good way. If Mal wanted to save Bud, time was running out.
A second Freudian slip! Excessive mining is against the Code for a reason.
After Bud terminated the convo, Mal discovered that the miner, as suspected, wasn't really out mining with a replacement ship. Bud was docked up in Jita. Their conversation continued via EVEmail.
For some reason, Bud kept calling Mal a nerd; he seemed to end every EVEmail with the word. Perhaps Bud was signing his EVEmails as "nerd"?
It took a long time, but Bud finally played the "new player" card. (He may have been reluctant due to the fact that his character was created in 2013.)
Bud's defenses were down. He even admitted that he was just a miner, something that he'd vociferously denied until now.
What remained of Bud's mind was deteriorating rapidly. Agent Mal offered Bud one final chance to get Code-compliant. If he refused, New Order assistance to this miner would need to resume at a later date.
Bud (or "nerd", as he preferred to be called) ceased communicating with his would-be rescuer. He may have thought of himself as a nerd, but another name better describes him: Goofus.